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whip (someone or something) into shape

To return someone or something into acceptable condition or behavior, especially through direct, efficient, and practical means. The president won the election on his promise to whip the economy into shape by overhauling outdated or inefficient legislation. What he really needs is a mentor who will whip him into shape.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

whip someone or something into shape

to cause someone or something to be in a better condition. The coach was not able to whip the players into shape before the game. I think I can whip this proposal into shape quickly. Hey, Tom, whip yourself into shape. You look a mess.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

whip something into shape

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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

whip into shape

To bring to a specified state or condition, vigorously and often forcefully.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I look at the final month of preseason like it is the best and last chance I will have to shore up my dog's behavior while simultaneously whipping them into shape. It's unfair to expect too much from your dog in physical exertion or mental sharpness when those first woodies or teal scoot past if you haven't continued to train in the offseason.
Release date- 22102012 - Fort Worth, Texas - In a hardcore secret training facility we find The Specialist taking new recruits through the paces of a rigorous workout - whipping them into shape to be the very best product specialists in the IP&E industry.
Slipshod British Army recruits face a testing time as they undergo a tough training regimen aimed at whipping them into shape to fight in the Second World War.
In his creative work with The Beatles he oversaw the union of symbiotic talents, whipping them into shape, altering the structure of songs and suggesting where solos should be.
At first they appear to be a bunch of no-hopers - until their sergeant and commanding officer begin whipping them into shape. David Niven and Stanley Holloway star.